Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb
- Joan Fitzgerald - Northeastern University, USA
- Nancey Green Leigh - Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Economic Revitalization is unique in that it discusses leading revitalization strategies in the context of both city and suburban settings, offering case studies of program development and implementation.
In Economic Revitalization: Cases and Strategies for City and Suburb Fitzgerald and Leigh answer the need for a text that incorporates social justice and sustainability into how we think about and practice economic development. It is one of the first to talk about how revitalization strategies are implemented in both cities and suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs that are experiencing decline previously associated only with inner-city neighborhoods. After setting the context with a brief history of economic development practice and its shortcomings, Fitzgerald and Leigh focus on six economic development strategies: sectoral strategies, Brownfield redevelopment, industrial retention, commercial revitalization, industrial and office property reuse, and workforce development. Each of these chapters begins with an overview of the strategy and then presents cases of how it is being implemented. The cases draw from Atlanta, Chicago and its suburbs, Emeryville, Kalamazoo, Louisville, New Haven, Portland, Sandy Springs, and Seattle (and suburban King County). They illustrate the tradeoffs often made in achieving one goal at the expense of another. Although they admit that some of the cases come up short in illustrating a more equitable and sustainable economic development practice, Fitzgerald and Leigh conclude with an optimistic view that the field is changing.
The book is aimed at students and practitioners of economic development planning who seek to foster stronger economies and greater opportunity in inner cites and older suburbs. It is also meant to assist planners in thriving new towns and suburban communities seeking to avoid future economic decline as their communities mature.
- Discusses practice in both suburban and inner-city settings
- Integrates the planning values of social justice and sustainability into the discussion of implementation strategies
- Includes cases that reveal the political nature of the planning process and the types of tradeoffs that often must be made
- Provides insights for planners seeking to adopt "best practice" programs from other localities
"This is an important and comprehensive book on local economic development planning. . .Over the next decade, this book is certain to have a major impact on students, scholars, and practitioners seeking a broader understanding of economic development planning."
"Fitzgerald and Leigh have done a commendable job of providing not only the theoretical and historical dimensions of these issues, but also support them with examples and case studies that easily convince the reader that social equity and sustainability need not be sacrificed altogether in order to promote local economic development, even though small trade-offs may be necessary."